Over the last three years the Jacksonville Jaguars roster has quietly stockpiled talent. Could the front office make a trade before the start of the season?
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not been shy about making trades after training camp. General manager David Cladwell sent Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Josh Scobee was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. In both of those trades the Jags received draft picks. These stockpiled picks allowed the Jaguars to make more selections in the respective drafts.
Don’t be shocked if the team does it again.
One player that teams could be interested in trading for is linebacker Paul Posluszny. Coming off his best season with the Jags securing 133 total tackles, Posluszny could have appeal to teams looking for a veteran linebacker. The Jags would be fine in terms of the trade with Myles Jack recently taking over the middle linebacker position and Poz in unfamiliar territory as a strongside linebacker.
Another player that teams could want to trade for is wide receiver Allen Hurns. The Jags have a talented wide receiver corps. At seven million dollars next season a trade to a wide receiver-needy team would free up a decent amount of money in cap space. After a disappointing 2016 that saw limited action, Hurns would still make a viable trade candidate because of his route running and reliability.
A final player that the Jags could trade is running back T.J Yeldon. The Jags put the running backs on notice drafting Leonard Fournette in the first round. Yeldon has failed to live up to expectations after being drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. After two seasons with the team, Yeldon has totaled 1,205 yards and three touchdowns. With plenty of years left in front of him, a team may be willing to take a chance on rehabilitating the young running back. Yeldon’s skill set would pair well with teams looking for an experienced back with potential. Some trade destinations could be the Washington Redskins or even the Indianapolis Colts who both need help at the running back position.
If the Jags are willing, trading a player mentioned above could help the team in the long run. The Jags may be getting closer to Super Bowl aspirations, but the team is still focused on building a solid foundation.